Depot Theatre set to celebrate 35 years on the stage

— For 34 years, the Westport train depot has been the home to plays, musicals and more that have continued to grow.

Now in its 35th season, the Depot Theatre will offer four main plays, three On Track midweek events, the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program and gallery receptions and showings.

“We view this as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of our community theater,” Managing Director Angel Wuellner said. “We want it to be fun for the audience and we want to show all of the aspects to the theater this year.”

Wuellner said that the biggest key to the success of the theater has been the support it has received from the Westport community.

“We are lucky to have the support of the people that we see year round as well as the people who come during the summer,” she said. “What we are putting on the stage is for this community and something that we hope they are going to enjoy. The people are trusting us to bring something new to them and that it will be something that they are going to like.”

Wuellner said that the theater will be hosting two musicals that will be making their premiere at the Depot this summer, starting with “Route 66,” which opens to audiences Friday, June 28 and runs through Sunday, July 14.

“All of the people who liked ‘Careless Love’ or the ‘Hank Williams’ shows when they were here will like this play,” Wuellner said. “It features some familiar faces to the Depot stage, and all of the actors play the instruments on stage and the theme speaks to the small town and why it is so special and unique.”

The other premiere musical will be “Funked Up Fairy Tales,” which opens Friday, Aug. 9, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

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